The Biography of Place, A workshop taught by Kathleen Alcalá

The Biography of Place, A workshop taught by Kathleen Alcalá

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Noon-3pm Bring a sack lunch. Minimum: 4 Maximum: 12

Raven Chronicles’ Office, Jack Straw Cultural Center
909 N.E. 43rd St., Suite No. 205, Seattle, WA 98105

Fee: $120.00; $50 deposit due before 11/1/17, or pay in full. Pay via PayPal or mail check to Raven Chronicles,
15528 12th Avenue NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.

Register your intent to attend the workshop via email: editors@ravenchronicles.

Questions/Contact Information:
Phoebe at 206-941-2955; email:

The most important element in fostering a sense of place is to teach ourselves, or let ourselves be taught, to see with fresh eyes the place where we find ourselves… It is a great and worthy effort, and few objectives could be more conducive to the common good.” —Wilfred M. McClay, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America.

The Biography of Place is a class aimed at encouraging writers to observe the land and people around them and delve deeply into what has brought us to this place in time and space. Participants may work on memoir, biography, history, or even speculative fiction. We will discuss your work, look at examples, and do a couple of exercises. Ideally, you will go home with a sketch of what you want to write, and the concrete actions you need to take to get there.

The class can take up to 12 people, and, if they choose, each person can send five pages ahead of the class to for an individual response.

–          Look Around: You Are Here

–          A four-dimensional map of place

–          People and place

–          Interviewing


–          Editing and summarizing

–          Outlining

–          Synopsis (your most valuable marketing tool)

The class will be three hours long, with a brief break half-way through. Please send via mail or PayPal $50, and five (optional) pages of writing to reserve your place. Balance due at class time. We are offering a one-half tuition scholarship. Please send a note to Phoebe Bosché on why you would like it at

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